Questions tagged [kitchen]

Hacks related to objects and activities in the kitchen, including cleaning and maintenance. Note that cooking is off-topic.

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How do I eat from a bowl without needing to clean it?

Sometimes the morning/night is just too cold for me to get my hands wet or some idiot has damaged the water-main forcing the suburb's water to be cut off until it's fixed. I am wondering if there is ...
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How can I wash chopsticks in the dishwasher without them falling?

What else can I say but: How can I wash chopsticks in the dishwasher without them falling?
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How can I remove impurities from water easily when my water purifier is not working? [closed]

There are some situation where I have to face this problem when my water purifier is not working properly. So what I can do so that I can remove impurities from water. There are some issues with water ...
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How to remove smell from a new water bottle?

The new bottle has got a weird smell. I kept the bottle without lid from some time but that didn't help much. It is a plastic bottle. I washed it with plain water. What is a quick solution to ...
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How to prevent ice cream from melting without a refrigerator?

There are times when you are at work where you have the best ice cream parlor in town around the corner from your office. But you want to take the ice cream home and enjoy it there. Is there a way to ...
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How to deal with cockroach at home? [duplicate]

Recently, in the past few months, I found and killed some (~4) cockroaches at home, I'm worried that there is actually more cockroaches, I've tried putting Roach Baits in the kitchen, bathroom etc. ...
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Organizing spices in my kitchen cupboard?

I like to cook. As a result, I have a lot of jars of spices and herbs (~100) taking up most of one shelf in the kitchen. I want to somehow take advantage of vertical space. (Stacking the jars directly ...
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How to easily clean dough remains after baking bread?

I have a strong preference to self made bread. The only issue is that's a dirty job; it leaves dirty hands, a dirty marble working surface, and dirty dishes. How can I clean all of this without ...
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Remove white stain from counter top

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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How to remove tomato sauce stains from dishwasher?

There are red stains on the white plastic parts on the inside of my dishwasher. I'm guessing they are from tomato / bolognese sauce. Running the dishwasher again does not remove them. What is a good ...
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What is the best way to clean a stove?

I have a stainless steel stove that is covered with old oil splatter and other spills. What would be the easiest way to clean it? I would prefer to not use off the shelf cleaning agents.
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How can one remove burned food from the inside of a pot?

Heated up a pot of milk (apparently the heat setting was too high). However, the milk burned to the bottom (inside) of the pot. How can this be removed? Tried so far: Elbow grease with brush Elbow ...
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How to open a bottle that won't open [duplicate]

So sometimes when I leave bottles of sauce in the pantry too long, the lid seems to "stick" to the bottle and won't allow me to open it. How can I open the bottle when it doesn't want to open? Below ...
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Clean blender as fast as possible, or prevent it from accumulating protein powder residue

I use a Ninja Master Prep blender to mix protein powder or Soylent with water. Is there a way to clean it very quickly? The blades are super sharp and I'd rather avoid having to scrub bits of powder ...
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Cleaning hydrochloric acid stains from metal

I used hydrochloric acid to remove calcium deposits from a pot, but left some of the acid on the kitchen sink metal plate overnight. It produced corrosion stains like on the photo, that can't be ...
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How to get air tight seals on canisters?

I'm looking into buying some cheap canisters for my kitchen such as this I'm unsure if this has a rubber seal in the lid already to make it air tight so I was wondering if there was a simple way to ...
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How to clean inside of straw

I have a plastic cup from a company I used to work at. I like this cup and it's very convenient for me to be able to drink water with the straw, so I use this very often. However, after longtime use, ...
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How can I make an improvised vegetable steamer?

My first thought was to use a colander over a pan but then I realised I don't have a colander. For my straining needs I use the inside of this pasta pan (on left). I thought about using that. But the ...
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Kettle Not Whistling

My old kettle rusted, so I bought a new one. My old kettle whistled very loudly when the water reaches boiling point. I can barely hear my new kettle whistle. How can I amplify the whistling sound ...
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Replacement For Slow Cooker

I bought a cookbook a few hours ago and I have just realized that I need a slow cooker. I don't have one and I do not have the money to buy one (I'm saving up money). What is a good replacement for a ...
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What is the perfect microwaving time for my food?

Ever since I started working in this company I'm taking my lunch (leftovers of the dinner last night) to the office in a microwavable container, because we have a small kitchen including a microwave. ...
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How to improvise a mesh tea strainer or filter?

My metal mesh tea strainer rusted so I discarded it, but I have failed to find a replacement strainer because this teapot was likely purchased overseas. This differs from my other question because I'...
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Eradicate a cockroach infestation

A cockroach infestation has formed in my house a while ago, probably because food was left out and dishes were never done. However for the last few months I have made sure to keep the place clean and ...
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How to steep but separate leaves in a teapot without a mesh strainer?

My metal mesh tea strainer rusted so I discarded it, but I have failed to find a replacement strainer because this teapot was likely purchased overseas. In a teapot, how else can I filter the tea ...
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How can I confirm if meat is cooked without a thermometer?

We all know meat should reach a certain temperature whilst cooking before we eat it. This temperature is 160-165°F for most meats. But what if I don't have a thermometer? How can I reliably confirm ...
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How to boil milk without a pot?

How to boil milk for a cup of coffee without a pot? Kettle sounds reasonable, but it's difficult to clean it after use.
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How can I maximize my refrigerator space when storing so many foods?

Are there any lifehacks where I can maximized the space or capacity of my refrigerator so it can store foods? This question specifically points to the body part of the refrigerator and it focuses on ...
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How to hard-boil an egg in the microwave safely?

It's quite dangerous to hard-boil an egg in the microwave as it may simply explode and making a big mess. Cleaning the microwave after that kind of accident to avoid a bad smell can be a miracle. Are ...
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How to boil an egg using an electric kettle without a mess?

Boiling eggs in a kettle is a fast and convenient way to cook them, especially if you don't have access to a full kitchen and proper pans for frying an egg (e.g. hotel room). But usually what happens, ...
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How to get rid of smell from kitchen trash?

The trash is a handy appliance that helps keep things clean and tidy in the kitchen. However, it can become a problem when it starts to smell due to spoiled food or other bacteria that increase after ...
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How to cut onion into small cubes?

Do you know any tricks how to cut the onion into small cubes? I've tried many times, but my girlfriend always complains that they're too big:) Similar: How can I cut onions without tearing up?
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How can I clean a glass top oven that has black areas?

I have scrubbed until it's a smooth surface that feels very similar to the original glass top but the surface is so dark it's nearly black. I can slightly see the original pattern in the dark areas ...
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How to fry potato so that it becomes crispy without an oven or a fryer?

After cutting the potatoes I put them in boiling oil in a pan and then mix them while they get cooked, but it takes like an hour and they hardly become crispy. I don't have an oven so all I can use ...
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How to “recharge” sodium acetate hand warmer without a stove?

I have a pretty standard hand warmer with the metal discs in them to activate them - I did some research and found out that they are Sodium Acetate hand warmers and the disc is used to 'freeze' the ...
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

In the "old days" wine labels used to soak off in warm water, presumably because they used plain paper and a water-based glue. Nowadays 99.34% of labels are of the self-adhesive variety, laser-cut ...
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How to open camera lens mug without breaking it?

I've received a gift in form of camera lens mug, but after pour in a hot beverage and closing the lid, I can't open it anymore. Do you know any alternative methods to open it without breaking the ...
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How to eliminate rats from kitchen?

There are few rats in the kitchen and they destroy kitchen equipment and food items. They are coming form window louvers at night. Can you please propose a solution except closing the louvers??
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Make suction cups suck

I want to attach some suction cups to a surface, such as a ceramic tile. The suction cups tend to stick for a little while, but inevitably fall off sooner or later, possibly due to microscopic pores ...
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Remove ice from freezer / keeping it clean

So, my freezer looks currently like in the image below, it has an ice sheet on all the walls. Other than in this image, my freezer has drawers that start to be tricky to open and close. Now, I know ...
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How do I remove cloudy buildup from putting wine glasses in the dishwasher?

I have some cheap wine glasses that I regularly put in the dishwasher. (They are not the really cheap greenish glass but rather thick clear glass.) White cloudy rings develop over time, and also from ...
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How can I cut onions without tearing up?

Whenever I'm making something that has onions in it, I always have to cut the onion and go through tearing up and stinging eyes. I've seen on the internet that chewing gum makes you not tear up, but ...
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Prevent Smelly Sponges

Our daily dish washing sponge starts smelling awful within a few days of use. How do you prevent that? I would hope they'd last at least a couple weeks. We use Scotch-Brite Greener Clean for non-stick....
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How can I keep cookies from going stale as long as possible?

I like soft chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, even in an airtight container, cookies will go stale after a couple days. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening? Not necessarily ...
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How can I keep the roll of plastic wrap from falling out of the box?

I find that pulling a sheet of plastic wrap out of the box can be incredibly tricky. The plastic sticks to itself, so it takes a bit of force to pull it apart. The force to pull the plastic off the ...
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How can I not burn my hands in hot water when doing dishes?

Every time I do the dishes by hand, I scald my hands, but if I use cold water, the dishes don't get clean. This is extremely inconvenient, especially when I need to clean them fast, rather than ...
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How to seal the plastic bags airtight after opening without using rubber band?

There are many instances where I open food packets, but am unable to close it airtight after taking out some content. Food packets means, packet of noodles, biscuits, snacks, chips, etc. This ...
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How to keep sticky foods from sticking to measuring cups?

I cook a lot and anyone with cooking experience knows that many foods (honey, molasses, etc) stick to the inside of the measuring cups or food pan, in general. These foods include honey, and other ...
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Get the rest of the mayo from the jar?

You, know when you've almost used up the jar of mayonnaise, but there is still a bit more left on the sides of the jar, and on the bottom... What is the best way to obtain that last bit of mayo from ...
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How to unblock a blocked drain without acids/chemicals?

Is there a way to unblock a totally blocked drain (especially kitchen) without using acids or strong chemicals? I like to avoid acids and chemicals in general for many reasons, one of them is the ...
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How do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?

So, I have two glasses that are stuck together. How can I separate them without damaging them? I have already tried this but it didn't work, as the glasses are really thick: First, drizzling ...